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Can't find any reports from this despite it closing 4 years ago. Demolition now looks set to go ahead so it's worth having a nose around if you live up there.... http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/ogdens-imperial-tobacco-site-set-10076751
One of my favourite explores despite it's small size (we could only get in to one of the buildings). Visited with Revelation_Space back in July 2010. This place was demolished earlier this year and I believe they are building a new distillery on the site. "Just as the existing distilleries along the Spey helped justify the building of a railway, the building of a railway in turn helped justify the development of more distilleries. in 1897 land on the north bank of the river next to the existing Carron Station was used to build the ambitious Imperial Distillery, which also came complete with its own railway sidings. Imperial was expanded in 1965, but closed twenty years later in 1985. It then reopened in 1989, before being mothballed in 1998. Last time we visited, in mid-2005, the distillery had signs suggesting it was for sale as a development site. Imperial's problems were always its very large stills, meaning that it could not be operated very flexibly. It could either produce in large quantities or not at all: and sadly, it looks as though in future it will not be producing at all." Still had that lovely distillery smell in the building! Once again I forgot to take an external shot of the building. Couldnt resist checking out the Stills first. Fat Bottomed Under the stills had some nice lighting and some lovely Valve Handles Moving on to the other part of the building, came across this thing not sure what it was but i liked it. And some controls for the Mash Tun and inside the Mash Tun itself, I had a fear of this turning on whilst being in it! There wasn't much else to see so here's a picture of some playing cards and dead bats in a sink in the Kitchen.
Visited the Yorkshire Imperial Metals site with Hood_Mad & Captain Slow. The Morfa Copperworks was first established by John Hoblyn in 1737 it passed through a number of hands in the late 18th Centuary eventually being worked by a joint venture between Vivian and Sons, the company of cornish copper mine owner John Vivian and Williams, Foster and Company. A bit of history lifted from "A Short History of the Hafod Copperworks 1810-1924" Quite a good read for anyone intrested in this site. The Hafod Copperworks 1810 - 1924 The Hafod Copperworks was located between the Swansea Canal on one side and a bend in the River Tawe on the other. It was laid out by John Vivian with expansion in mind from the very outset. In its day it was one of the largest and most up to date industrial enterprises in Europe and by the 1840s Vivian & Sons were the largest exporters of finished copper in the UK. Swansea was indeed "Copperopolis". By 1886 Vivian & Sons employed three thousand people, one thousand of them at the Hafod. The Hafod Works produced copper in bars, ingots, sheets, tube, rod, bolts, circles, sulphate of copper, yellow metal and condenser plates. It also produced naval brass, ferro bronze, lead ingots, spelter, silver, gold, sulphuric acid, zinc chloride and superphosphate fertilisers. An industrial empire To the south of the Hafod Works and on the same side of the river, existed a string of industrial enterprises all owned by the Vivian family which included the Hafod Phosphate Works, Hafod Foundry, Hafod Forge and the Hafod Isaf (Isha) Nickel & Cobalt Works. On the other side of the wall! The Morfa Copperworks was started in 1834 immediately next door to the Hafod Works with only a high stone wall between the two works to divide them. Legend has it that workers at Morfa were instructed not to talk to the Hafod workers for fear of giving away trade secrets. Prior to this in 1828 work had begun on building the steam-powered rolling mill that would eventually become the Swansea Museum Collections Centre we see today. Morfa was operated by Williams Foster & Co. from 1835-80. Between 1880 - 93 it was operated by Williams Foster & Co. and between 1893 - 1924 by Williams Foster & Co. Ltd and Pascoe Grenfell & Co. Ltd. After 1894 family interest in the Hafod Copperworks dwindled and in 1924 the firm was absorbed into the adjacent Morfa complex. The latter was the largest non-ferrous metal smelter in the world by the mid-19th century. British Copper Manufacturers owned the combined works until 1928, when they were taken over by ICI, although the refining of copper had ended around 1924. The site was taken over by Yorkshire Imperial Metals, an amalgamation of I.C.I and Yorkshire Metals in 1957, the two works worked as one until closure in August 1980. Still with me??? Here come the photos. One of the outer buildings, Safe, Workbench? Walk the plank. Vent hole inside air-raid shelter. Entrance to shelter. The square chimney. Inside. Hold on!!! I'm under the rolling gear, not for the faint hearted Through this gap. If you have time to visit this before Swansea council do their usual and demolish it, you must. Many thanks to Captain Slow for taking us round, cheers mate. J.